The Women 's Suffrage Movement

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Suffrage Movement in Britain The Women’s suffrage movement in Britain came to the forefront in 1867 with the formation of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage. The movement grew into the early 20th century by the works of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), known as the Suffragists, along with the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), known as the Suffragettes. The violence of the WSPU is often the only aspect of the cause remembered, however, for every suffragette, there were a dozen non-militant suffragists and as such the movement was less violent than what was portrayed in the media at the time and how it is portrayed now, however the actions of the WSPU helped further the Women’s Suffrage Movement…show more content…
The WSPU protests began with disrupting election rallies and when arrested, refusing to pay the fine, which was given to women if arrested as they were too ‘delicate’ to go to prison, preferring to be sent to jail to draw attention to the cause and so that women could be seen as equal to men. At a mass rally in Hyde Park in 1908 with 300,000 to 500,000 activists attending, suffragettes smashed windows, using stones with written pleas tied to them in an attempt to further the WSM by convincing people to support them, but also to show the public how far they were willing to go to receive the vote. Some protesters chained themselves to railings in an attempt to elicit a response from the liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, who was firmly against women receiving the vote. In 1910 the Liberal party returned to power, but with a reduced majority . The Conciliation Bill, seen as an attempt to compromise by many as it would extend the right of women to vote in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to around 1,000,500 wealthy, property-owning women, introduced by Labour MP DJ Shackleton , made it to a second reading, and as such a truce is declared and militancy suspended, however with the bill being discarded, the truce was over and violent militancy resumed. This is repeated in 1911, with again the bill being discarded, leading to violence escalating to new heights, with arson attacks, mass demonstrations,

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